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for We the People of North Carolina Vol. 14 Issue 5, October 1956
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For the first time since 1934, the North Carolina General Fund expenditures were less than was spent the previous years. The Retirement System needed a million dollars less than the previous year and there were decreases in spending by some agencies and institutions, including the Debt Service.
North Carolina Governor Luther Hodges recommends the separation of the Highway Department and prison system. Due to problems with training and pay, there have been difficulties gaining employees for important functions for both systems. As such, Hodges believes that the Highway Department should be restricted to highway work while the prison system should stand alone.
There was a $214 million increase in assessed valuation of real and personal property in 1955, pushing the total valuation of property to above six billion dollars. The record breaking assessment represents a trend of increases over the past five years, and in several counties in North Carolina experienced a gain of over 10 percent.
The western mountains of North Carolina feel like home to those searching for gemstones. Due to the substantial mineral deposits, North Carolina has been called "Nature's Mineral Sample Case," yielding 300 varieties of minerals. The state leads in the production of feldspar and most gem varieties are found due to feldspar mining.
From Dare County to Brunswick, County, North Carolina, over 25,000 people are wholly or partly dependent on commercial fishing for their livelihood. But there are several fishermen in North Carolina who are truly unique; they are red snapper anglers. These intrepid fishermen are proving the red snapper can be caught offshore North Carolina all twelve months of the year.